As rumors continue to circulate as to who will coach the Bills next year, it appears as though there is another name we can cross off the list: Marty Schottenheimer.
A coach with 200 wins who emerged with a victory 61.3% of the time, Schottenheimer led the Browns, Redskins, Chiefs, and most recently the Chargers over the course of his career. Criticized by some for a less-than-stellar playoff record and a failure to win “the Big Game,” others take a different spin on “Schottie’s” career. Many would argue that Marty’s teams often overachieved. In other words, they would claim that he was truly a coach able to get the best out of his players. For many, this ability to find diamonds in the rough, plus his history as a linebacker for the Bills from 1965-8, made Schottenheimer an ideal candidate.
On the subject Schottenheimer is clear.
“I think [the rumor] may have had something to do with a reunion of that 1965 Buffalo Bills team that we had,” said Schottenheimer. “That’s probably a lot closer to the reality of it. I was a bit taken back … I’ll be very candid with you and say it’s nice to think that people would consider you but the reality of it is is that after 30 great years I’m really not going to go back down that road again.”
If the book on Cowher isn’t clearly closed, this deal, at least, appears to be.